2019 Running and looking Forward
Ready to hit 50 in April is something I’ve taken to be looking forward to with real anticipation. I’m also trying to learn to be much more focused in my planning of the year ahead, in order to ensure I can build in appropriate training and rest. Below is what I want to achieve and […] Keep reading »
Remembering why you run
Hawkshead Lakeland Trails event offered the perfect opportunity to remind me why I love to run. And why trail running is a particular favourite. The #Run1000Miles community, set up by ex Trail Magazine editor Claire Maxted in 2017, continues to thrive in 2018. There are almost 4,500 members now from all parts of the […] Keep reading »
When Trail Running magazine asked me to again be an ambassador for #Run1000Miles challenge I was delighted. Paul Halford asked me to write a short piece reflecting on completing the challenge in 2017, plus offering some tips to those new to it this year. You can read the full post here. Have a read […] Keep reading »
Eddie Arthur interview
59 year old Eddie Arthur started running in his teens. Here he talks about #Run1000Miles, favourite places to run, preferred nutrition and more. Eddie, what was your reason for getting involved in the #Run1000Miles Challenge? To be honest, I’m not sure, I think part of the motivation was to get a free ruff. I […] Keep reading »
Dirty Double weekend at Helvellyn & Ullswater
Shattered and smiling. Sweating buckets as I struggled to effortlessly ran over the top of the climb between Silver Crag and Birk Fell. My son well and truly disappeared into the distance. And I was loving it!!! This is the ‘Dirty Double’ weekend of Helvellyn and Ullswater Lakeland Trail runs. First time I’d done it for 5 […] Keep reading »
Fronting up the pain
“Arghhh! That knee pain is getting worse! Feck off!” “Ignore it, it will pass…” “This tendonitis is getting worse!” “Not cramping again?!” These are all inner thoughts most of us runners will have had. Your instinct is to resist the pain. To fight it. Surely that will make it go yes? Another technique is to […] Keep reading »
Whooah, we’re halfway there – and some!
#Run1000Miles Challenge going superbly well! You may remember that Trail Running magazine Editor Claire said #Run1000Miles was about all participants having “their fittest year ever” 🙂 Well I’m one of literally thousands of people enjoying this very outcome thanks to the challenge and incredible community of people participating. The ethos was very much about this […] Keep reading »
WTF a DNF?!
I pulled over just before the timing mat at 3k, ambled behind a tree and retched repeatedly. Between 2-3k I hadn’t even been running hard – fact was I couldn’t. I heard one of the marshals shout something like “over here…stomach!” and was then asked if I was okay and kindly given water by the […] Keep reading »
Scorpion Stings family in the Lakes
It’s rare an entire family will be stung by a scorpion. At Staveley, all four of the McCarthy’s endured the “Sting in the Tail”. And what a day it was! All four of us taking part in a Lakeland Trails event for the first time. The kids have really got into running as a previous […] Keep reading »
Does running ever become enjoyable?
“Does running ever become enjoyable?” That was the question posed by a running club mate as we both recovered from a chip-timed track 5k. What he was getting at, in joking obviously, was the pain. You know you’re going to go through it. You know it will hit you and your brain will tell you […] Keep reading »